Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chinese New Year...

Yesterday was Chinese New Year. To celebrate, Jeannie and I went to Chinatown with our friend Jason Chin.

We had Dim Sum at his favorite restaurant.

We've been there before with Jason, but it was especially good this time around. Jeannie especially liked the hot dog in the sweet bun.

Afterward, we went to a Chinese bakery and bought treats for when we got home later.

It was a really nice time and we really enjoyed ourselves. So glad Jason invited us to go!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

More snow...

Last week my parents and brother came up for a visit.  They came on Sunday, so they had a chance to come and see my Deep Schwa show.  Before the show, we took them to Cozy Noodle.  It was the first time my Mom  and brother had ever had Thai food.  Not many Thai restaurants in Decatur, Illinois.

They liked it...or at least they said they liked it.

Monday morning, I took them to a sure fire winner, Ann Sather.
You may not be aware of this, but Chicago is (among many things) a big brunch town.  Brunch restaurants are packed  every Saturday and Sunday morning.  With Monday being a holiday, I knew it was going to be tough to get in someplace, but we lucked out.  The Anne Sather on Broadway is just around the corner from our apartment and we arrived at a perfect time, just before their rush.  
We had a great brunch and, of course, really enjoyed their famous cinnamon rolls.
On Friday, we got blanketed with another wave of snow.  I knew if I didn't get my run in early, I wasn't going to be able to get it done.  I hit the Lakeshore running path just as the snow was starting.  Jeannie took a picture of me as I was starting, from the window of our apartment.
The first three and half miles of the run was fine.  I was going with the wind and the snow didn't bother me at all.  The second three and a half miles wasn't as fun.  It was snowing much harder and my face was covered with snow.  

The rest of me was in good shape though.  My running pants, gloves, hat and jacket kept me super-warm.  Jeannie's dad bought me running grips that I attach to my shoes and they work like a charm.  

I don't slip or slide and I glide over the snow like a 4 wheel drive.

When I got back home, I took a photo of what the running path looked like when I got finished with my run.

Such a mess.  

This is winter in Chicago.  I'm not used to it.  We've been in Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and Texas during the winter the past 4 1/2 years.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Changing of the jacket...

I used to only have one jacket.

Over the past few years I have accumulated several jackets. That occurred usually because we would arrive home from working on a cruise ship and my jacket would be packed away in our storage space.

Since we came home at different times of the year each time, I have multiple jackets for each season. I have a spring jacket, a light spring jacket, a rain jacket, a summer evening jacket, a fall jacket, a heavy fall jacket, a winter jacket and a heavy-duty winter jacket. I also have multiple running jackets. A light running jacket, a cold weather running jacket and an extreme cold weather running jacket.

On Thursday, I had to break out the heavy duty winter jacket and the extreme cold weather running jacket. It was cold and snowy but my jacket and thermal running shirt and tights kept me warm.

After my run, Jeannie and I went to the movies. The heavy duty winter jacket is big and puffy.

It kept me pretty toasty.

Jeannie broke out her heavy coat too, along with her Russian hat. It was a nice wintery walk to the theater. Jeannie tried to catch snowflakes on her tongue.

In the parking lot, someone built a snowman on top of their friends car.

It was a very nice and pretty and I'm glad I got some use out of my winter clothes, but I'm over it now. I'm ready to pack it away and go back to the summer evening jacket.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Here comes the snow...

On Sunday, we met up with several of our old friends from Basic 8 to play Celebrity. Curt Foxworth was in town and it was really great to see him. Yesterday, Jeannie and I went to the grocery store. Jeannie's become a cart lady. On the front of the shopping cart is her roller cart. She bought the roller cart a few months ago so she doesn't hurt her arms and her hands carrying plastic bags home from Jewell. She loves her cart. The problem is that she keeps hitting cracks in the sidewalk and roads and it sends her and her groceries toppling over. Today the temperatures almost hit 60 degrees. It was gorgeous out. To celebrate, Jeannie, Brett and I went to the tennis courts across the street from our apartment. We played for a couple of hours and had a great time. Jeannie won a match against Brett and I and she immediately celebrated by Tebow'ing, which I thought was wonderfully funny. Everywhere we went, there were people out and about enjoying the weather. The forecast for tomorrow is much colder temperatures and six inches of snow. You could tell everyone was trying to squeeze the last bits of outdoor recreation before we have to hibernate indoors for the next 3 months! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, January 9, 2012

Vidiocy and Podcasts...

Several years ago, Jason Chin and I came up with an idea for a video contest.  We would give each of our friends a randomly selected title and then give them 30 days to complete a movie.  We charged everyone $20 so that we could give a cash prize for the best movie.  We invited our friend Carrie Barrett to join us as a producer and she admitted that she had recently had a similar idea of having a movie contest for improvisors as well. We publicized Vidiocy and hoped people would want to do it.

We got a huge response!  The night of the viewing for the movies, the IO Theater was packed.  Most of the movies that were turned in were great.  They were funny, smart and in some cases, extremely well crafted.

We had so much fun, we decided to make it a regular event.  For awhile, we were doing it 3 times a year.

We haven't done one in 4 years, because I've been on a ship.   I knew I wanted us to revive the Vidiocy franchise, but we had to wait to get past my wedding and the holidays.

Now that both of things are over, we're ready to crank of the video cameras.  Vidiocy is back!

Online registration is today.  People can e-mail us at vidiocyshorts@gmail.com to register.  Once you pay the registration fee via PayPal, we'll send you your title.  You'll then have 30 days to complete your movie.

If you want to register in person, Jason and I will be sitting in the IO Training Center from 7pm to 9pm Tuesday, January 10th, signing people up.

Here are the rest of the details.

Vidiocy 2012!

Hello! Welcome to our video making contest and festival! Here are some of the Vidiocy rules and regulations:
Your video must only be 6 minutes in length maximum (it can be shorter.)

Videos displaying craftsmanship, originality, and creative use of the suggestion will be selected.

Videos may be submitted on flashdrive only.

Videos will be accepted in AVI & MP4.

Videos are due by midnight on February 10th the latest. Submissions will be accepted at the iO Box Office.

Flashdrives must be in an envelope with the registrants name, email, and title/suggestion on the front.

Finalists will be announced on Feb. 12th.

The Vidiocy Festival, with a showing of the finalists and an audience voting for our Top Three will be at 7pm, on Feb. 16th.

Questions? Let us know at “vidiocyshorts@gmail.com”.

The Vidiocy producers are Jeff Griggs, Anthony LeBlanc and Jason Chin.
 iO Theater is at 3541 N. Clark, DO NOT ask them questions. Ask the aforementioned trio.

Sign up, it's a lot of fun.


If you haven't listened to our movie podcast lately, you really should.  The last two have been especially fun.  We did Gone With The Wind, and had a lot of laughs doing it.  Megan Hovde Wilkins joined, Brett, Becca and I and we really had fun diving in and discussing that massive movie.
iTunes Link:  Gone With The Wind
Website Link:  Gone With The Wind

Last week we discussed It's A Wonderful Life.  The podcast for that movie was one of the best we've done because Brett and Becca got in a huge fight about the movie.  Guillermo Lugo was our special guest for that one.  
iTunes Link:  It's A Wonderful Life

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's been a busy few weeks.  We've been all over and celebrated multiple Christmases.

Jeannie put on her Christmas list that she wanted a giant bank.  She didn't notice that when she was buying gifts for other people, the giant bank was in her online cart.  So, for Christmas, she accidentally bought herself a bank.

She was pretty happy.

 Because we were flying out of town, we celebrated Christmas with each other the weekend before Christmas.  We had a little soiree for a few friends the night before we opened our gifts.   We made lots of treats for everyone.
On Saturday, we opened our presents to each other and then went to the Music Box Theater to watch a Christmas double feature.  
We saw White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life.    Lots of fun.
 The next day we flew to San Antonio.
It was a sort of a crazy week because Jeannie had a relative pass away while we were there.  We did, however, get to spend some quality time with her parents and her brother.

We got some sweet tea in a bucket and some great BBQ.  
We also got to get some good Mexican food.  

Look at that cheese.

Got back to Chicago and was happy to be home for awhile.  The sky looked great from my apartment window.
Did the Armando Diaz show and was pleased to see my old ship cast mate Chris and his girlfriend Lauren.

It was great to see them.  We had such a good time with Chris in Hawaii.

On New Years Eve, we went back to the Music Box to watch the Poseidon Adventure.  They had a costume contest and lots of fun activities.  

They had it timed so that New Years rang in for us in the theater at the same time that it did on the movie screen.  

Pretty fun.